Greater Manchester Police has the power to protect victims of domestic abuse by removing violent partners from the family home across Greater Manchester.
These powers give victims of domestic abuse the time, space and support to plan a safer future, by keeping the perpetrator away.
The Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPO) - allow senior police officers to act instantly to safeguard families they consider to be under threat from perpetrators of domestic abuse. The Orders are used to intervene in cases where police believe a victim may be at risk from violence or are worried about violent behaviour within a household, but do not have enough evidence to bring a criminal charge. Within 48 hours of a DVPO being issued, there is a further hearing in the Magistrates’ court where the length of the order is determined.
Before these orders, only those arrested and charged with an offence could be barred from their home, either through bail conditions or by the victim seeking an order in the civil courts. The new measures give police the power to ban violent abusers from their homes for a length of time decided through the magistrates’ court (between 14 and 28 days), allowing the victims to stay in their own homes rather than flee to a friend's home, or a refuge, to escape their abuser. This gives them vital respite and gives them time to consider their options. If abusers breach the Order it could then lead to a prison sentence.
As part of the scheme, victims will also be offered help and advice by caseworkers on the options open to them – including securing a longer-term injunction. Abusers will also be given the chance to attend a voluntary offenders’ programme run by the Greater Manchester Probation Service Trust, to ensure that, where appropriate, perpetrators can get the support they need.
If domestic abuse is happening to you, or someone you know, please call the Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0161 636 7525 for help and advice. For further information see below:
The following phone numbers are for our partner agencies in relation to Domestic Abuse.
PLEASE REMEMBER, IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 999 AND ASK FOR THE POLICE.
If you have an enquiry which is not of an urgent nature, call police on 101
24 HOUR NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINE
Freephone 24 hour helpline run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge
www.womensaid.org.uk Freephone 0808 2000 247
WOMEN’S DOMESTIC ABUSE HELPLINE
Community Helpline Language Service also available for women of South Asian origin (Urdu & Punjabi) Monday & Tuesday, 10am - 1pm and Wednesday, 1pm - 4pm www.wdachoices.org.uk 0161 636 7525
VICTIM SUPPORT Greater Manchester Victim Support 0845 456 8800
www.victimsupport.org.uk National Support line 0845 3030 900
(Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence)
www.broken-rainbow.org.uk 08452 60 44 60
PAWS FOR KIDS
(Fosters pets when women have to leave home due to domestic abuse)
www.pawsforkids.org.uk 01204 394842
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk 0845 769 7555
NATIONAL DRUGS HELPLINE
www.talktofrank.com 0800 776600
www.samaritans.org 0845 790 9090
Information and advice to people who are abusive towards their partners
www.respect.uk.net 0845 122 8609
MALE (Male victims of domestic abuse)
Offering support, information and practical advice to men experiencing domestic abuse
www.mensadviceline.org.uk 0808 801 0327
SHELTER (Housing Advice)
www.shelter.org.uk 0808 800 4444
ST MARY’S SEXUAL ASSAULT REFERRAL CENTRE
www.stmaryscentre.org 0161 276 6515
www.childline.org.uk Freephone 0800 1111